Vegetarian Restaurants in Barcelona

Vegetarians can sometimes have a hard time when visiting Spain. Sure, there are some common vegetarian dishes which are available in most restaurants. But after days of eating Spanish omelette and salad it can start to wear a bit thin!

Luckily meat-free eating is increasingly popular in Barcelona and there are a growing number of good vegetarian and vegan restaurants. Here are a few of my favourites. Listed alphabetically, I’ll let you make up your own mind which is the best.


Aguaribay

Starter of 3 arancini made with locally sourced rice and cheese served at the Aguaribay vegetarian restaurant in Barcelona

Arancini, cheese filled rice balls – Aguaribay

Aguaribay serve a variety of international vegetarian dishes in relaxed surroundings near the picturesque Rambla del Poblenou. In addition to the regular menu, there is also a blackboard with a list of specials which change daily. Favourite dishes include the risotto, arancini (rice balls filled with cheese and mushrooms) and pad thai (not to mention the deserts).

From Monday to Friday lunchtimes they offer 3 set meal combinations with prices starting from €8.90. All meals are accompanied by home made hummus, crudités and bread. More information on their website and facebook page.

Vegan dishes? Yes, vegan and gluten free dishes are clearly indicated on the menu and chalk board.
Opening times: Mon – Fri 13:00 – 16:00, Thurs – Sat 20.30 – 23.30, Sat – Sun 13.30 – 16.30
Address: Carrer del Taulat 95
Neighbourhood: Poblenou
Nearest metro: Poblenou (yellow line L4)

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Amaltea

A warming bowl of vegetarian Asturian style fabada bean casserole served in Amaltea, BCN. Traditionally this dish contains meat but here the meat is replaced with tofu makig it 100% vef¡getarian.

Vegetarian “fabada” or bean casserole – Amaltea

Amaltea serves vegetarian versions of traditional Spanish dishes such as Fabada (bean casserole), Cannelloni or Paella as well as a selection of international dishes. The food is good and portions are larger than average. The restaurant has a relaxed friendly atmosphere and the walls and ceiling are decorated with a large mural giving the impression that you are eating on a terrace overlooking the mountains at Pompeii.

If you prefer you can buy food to take away. They also offer a catering service and run regular vegetarian cooking classes (more information on the website). There is also a small notice board near the entrance with leaflets advertising local yoga classes, tai-chi, reflexology etc… The owner of Amaltea also owns Govinda which is a popular vegetarian Indian restaurant in the Gothic quarter.

Vegan dishes? Yes although they’re not marked on the menu.
Opening Times: Mon – Sat 13:00  – 16:00  20:00 – 23:00
Address: Carrer Diputació 164
Neighbourhood: L’Eixample
Nearest Metro: Urgell (red line L1)
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Arc Iris

Simple dish of fresh carrots and pease served with delicious yougurt sauce at Arc Iris vegetarian restaurant Barcelona

Boiled carrots and peas with yogurt sauce – Arc Iris

Arc Iris was the first vegetarian restaurant that I ate in when I moved to Barcelona and has been my favourite place to eat ever since. I would describe the food as Mediterranean home cooking; simple tasty food served in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Unfortunately they only open at lunchtime.

Arc Iris is very popular with the locals and if you turn up at peak time (between 2 and 3) you may well have to queue. You seldom have to wait long though and it’s well worth it. Favourite dishes include Spinach Cannelloni, Vegetable Moussaka and  Boiled Vegetables with white sauce (The vegetables vary, look for “bullit” or “hervido” on the menu. The sauce used to be homemade vegenaise made with almonds but the last few times I’ve eaten here it’s been a yogurt sauce).

They also offer meal vouchers as well as a take away service and a notice board where customers post adverts for yoga, meditation and pilates classes etc.

Vegan dishes? Yes approximately 50% of the menu is vegan or can be adapted if you ask.
Opening Times: Mon – Sat 13:00 – 16:00
Address: Carrer de Roger de Flor 216
Neighbourhood: L’Eixample
Nearest Metro: Verdaguer (blue line L5)
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La Báscula

Bowls of delicious vegetarian food in La Báscula vegetarian restaurant Barcelona

Lentil, pumpkin and potatoe stew & Vegetable pie with salad – La Báscula

Located in the El Born neighbourhood a short walk from the Picasso Museum, La Bascula occupies the ground floor of an old building which was once a chocolate factory. The restaurant takes its name from the industrial scales at the entrance. The atmosphere is laid back and the décor funky and unusual, diners sit on stools at high tables made from old wooden doors. In the middle of the restaurant there is a large communal table which affords a good view of the kitchen where the chefs prepare a range of international vegetarian and vegan food.

There are plenty of vegan dishes to choose from as well as gluten free, La Bascula has menus in Spanish, Catalan, English and French. Despite being a vegetarian restaurant they usually have one meat dish on the menu (normally tuna) which could be handy if you are travelling with a carnivore who refuses to eat veggie. Don’t be put off by the fact that they use recycled plastic plates and cutlery, the food is very good.

Vegan dishes? Yes, vegan and gluten free.
Opening times: Wed-Sat 13:00 – 23:00
Address: Carrer dels Flassaders 30
Neighbourhood: El Born
Nearest Metro: Barceloneta or Jaume I (yellow line L4)
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Biocenter

A delicious salad at the Biocenter vegetarian restaurant in Barcelona

Self-service salad bar – Biocenter

Biocenter combines chic decor with good food and a relaxed friendly atmosphere. They serve a daily set menu with a self-service salad buffet and a selection of combined dishes. Unlike most veggie restaurants Biocenter opens for breakfast at 9 am.

Smokers will be pleased to know that there are a couple of small tables by the entrance where you can enjoy a cigarette with your morning coffee.

Vegan dishes? Yes.
Opening Times: Mon – Fri 09:00 – 23:00 Sat 13:00 – 23:00 Sun 13:00 – 16:00
Address: Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 25
Neighbourhood: El Raval
Nearest Metro: Universitat (red and purple lines L1 & L2)
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El Buffet Verd

A square slice of onion quiche served on a white china plate, there are a glass cuttlery and a napkin next to the plate.

Vegetarian onion quiche – El Buffet Verd

El Buffet Verd is a self service vegetarian buffet located in Barcelona’s l’Example neighbourhood. They serve a lunchtime buffet which includes a comprehensive all-you-can-eat salad bar, soup and fideua plus a selection of hot dishes and home-made deserts. If you’re not so hungry you can also choose to have just one dish and a drink. Favourite dishes include the vegetarian onion quiche and gaspatxo.

Vegan dishes: Yes
Opening times: Mon-Sat 13:00 – 16:15
Address: Carrer de Roger de Lluria 134
Neighbourhood: l’Eixample
Nearest metro: Passeig de Gràcia (green, yellow and purple lines L3, L4 & L2)
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El Café Blueproject

Selection of vegan wraps in the Ela Café Blue Project vegetarian restaurant, Barcelona , Spain

Buen Rollo (mini wraps) – El Café Blueproject

El Café Blueprojct is a small vegetarian restaurant in the La Ribera neighbourhood which specialises vegan raw food. The menu includes a selection of salads, soups, veggie burgers, wraps and pizzas. Monday to Friday they serve a lunchtime set menu which changes daily. The restaurant has a modern rustic décor and takes pride in using only 100% organic vegetables. Chef Javier Medvedovsky also offers a personal chef and catering service.

English language menus are available. Dog lovers will be pleased to see that there are two large stainless steel bowls outside the restaurant with water and dog biscuits for our four legged friends.

Vegan dishes? Yes vegan, raw food and gluten-free options are available.
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 8pm, Saturdays 10am – midnight
Address: Carrer Princesa 57
Neighbourhood: El Born / La Ribera
Nearest Metro: Arc de Triomf (red line L1)

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Cat Bar

Vegan burgers in hand baked bread rolls asrved with fried potatoes and craft beer in Cat Bar Barcelona

Vegan burgers and craft beer – Cat Bar

Cat Bar is a quirky cat themed bar which specialises in craft beers and vegan burgers. They have 9 locally produced craft beers on tap and offer a selection of vegan burgers served with chunky patatas bravas. The spicy Mexican Red and delicious Champion both come highly recomended. The bar’s unusual post-punk décor includes paintings and sketches of cats, toilet seat tables and a DuCATi motorbike.

Vegan dishes? Yes – all food served is vegan.
Opening Times: Thurs – Mon 13:00 – 23:00
Address: Carrer de l’Arc de Sant Onofre 4
Neighbourhood: La Ribera
Nearest Metro: Jaume I (yellow line L4)
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L’Hortet

A delicious plate of tempeh with chestnuts and vegetables in one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona Spain

Tempeh with chestnuts and pumpkin – L’Hortet

Centrally located near the MACBA modern art museum, L’Hortet (the allotment in Catalan) is another of my long-standing favourites. They serve a mixture traditional Mediterranean and Asian style vegetarian food and like most restaurants in Barcelona, offer an a la carte menu in the evenings and a lunchtime set menu. They also serve an express lunch menu and run vegetarian cooking workshops, more information on their website and at the restaurant.

Vegan dishes? Yes, vegan and gluten free dishes available.
Opening times: Mon-Fri 12:30 – 16:00, Sat-Sun 13:00 – 16:00 Thu-Sat 20:00 – 23:00
Address: Carrer del Pintor Fortuny 32
Neighbourhood: El Raval
Nearest Metro: Universitat (red and purple lines L1 & L2)
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Macrobiotic Zen

A macrobiotic lunch including lentils, seaweed, tofu, carrots, beans, salad, apples tea and soup served at the Macrobiotic Zen vegan restaurant in Barcelona

Macrobiotic vegan set lunch – Macrobiotic Zen

The macrobiotic diet is based on concepts of Zen Buddhism whereby each meal should contain a mix of yin and yang elements. Macrobiotic meals are normally based on brown rice, legumes, seaweed and locally sourced vegetables served with small quantities of nuts and fish.

Macrobiotic Zen is a canteen style self-service restaurant located near to Plaça de la Universitat which serves appetising vegan macrobiotic food. The lunchtime set menu includes a choice of 4 soups followed by a combined main dish (a choice of 2 items combined with vegetables, salad and rice) and a choice of desert accompanied by water and infusions.

The food is very good and the service friendly, especially at weekends you should arrive early to avoid queueing. (Remember that in Barcelona eating early means between 1 and 2!) If you prefer to eat al fresco, there are a few tables on the street alternatively they offer a take-away service and macrobiotic cooking classes (see website).

Vegan dishes? Yes, 100% vegan menu.
Opening Times: Mon – Sat 13:00 – 16:00
Address: C/ Muntaner 12
Neighbourhood: El Raval
Nearest metro: Universitat (red line L1 and purple line L2)
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Quinoa Bar Vegetarià

A so called escalivado vegan sandwich served on coca bread at the Quinoa bar in Barcelona's trendy Gracia neighbourhood

Escalivado – Quinoa bar vegetarià

Quinoa Bar Vegetaria is a tiny vegetarian sandwich bar in the Gràcia neighbourhood specializing in freshly made vegetarian and vegan sandwiches and salads, all of which are made to order right in front of you at the bar. They also serve fresh juices and deserts and stock a small selection of locally brewed craft beers and speciality teas.

A good choice for a light lunch or snack, all of the sandwiches on the menu are original and tasty. My personal favourite is the Escalivado sandwich which is a modified version of the traditional Catalan escalivada with avocado and salad served on coca bread.

Vegan dishes? Yes, others can be adapted.
Opening Times: Mon – Sat, 10:00 – 23:00
Address: Travessera de Gràcia, 203, Barcelona
Neighbourhood: Gràcia
Nearest Metro: Joanic (yellow line L4)
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Rasoterra

Vegetarian crêpe with smokede tofu, cooked vegetables and salad in the Rasoterra slow food vegetarian and vegan restaurant Barcelona

Japanese style crêpe – Rasoterra

Tucked away in the Gothic quarter near Plaça de Sant Jaume, Rasoterra is a vegetarian bistro which serves original mediterranean style dishes and tapas. Part of the slow food movement, they pride themselves in using locally sourced organic seasonal vegetables to produce delicious vegetarian and vegan food. The drinks menu includes a good selection of locally produced organic and vegan wines.

Vegan dishes? Yes, vegan and gluten free dishes are indicated on the menu
Opening Times: Tues – Sun 13:00 – 16:00 19:00 – 23:00
Address: Carrer de Palau 5
Neighbourhood: Gothic Quarter
Nearest Metro: Jaume I (yellow line L4)
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La Riera

Stuffed aubergine served at La Rieral vegetarian restaurant next to the Camp Nou Barcelona Football stadium

Stuffed Aubergines – La Riera

Located next to the Camp Nou football ground, La Riera was among the first vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona. They only open at lunchtime when they serve a 4 course set menu which costs just €10 including bread water and either fruit juice or glass of sangria.

They serve vegetarian and vegan versions of traditional Mediterranean food plus a few internationally inspired dishes. The restaurant is friendly and relaxed and the open fronted kitchen area allows you to see the cooks at work preparing your food.

In addition to the menu, there are sheets of paper and pens on the tables for you to write down your order. There’s no need to worry if you don’t speak Spanish / Catalan as the staff speak English and are more than happy to translate the menu for you.

Vegan dishes? Yes although they’re not marked on the menu.
Opening Times: Mon – Sat 13:00 – 16:00
Address: Carrer del Regente Mendieta 15
Neighbourhood: Sants – Les Corts  (Close to Barcelona football club’s Camp Nou stadium)
Nearest Metro: Collblanc (blue line L5 and orange line L9 sud)
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Sésamo

Vegetable tart and salad in Sesamo. One of th best vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona

Vegetable tart – Sésamo

Although it might not look much from the street, Sésamo serves some of the best vegetarian food in Barcelona. Once inside, the narrow bar leads through to a stylish dining area with an intimate relaxed atmosphere. The food is an original mix of Spanish, Italian and international cuisine and approximately half of the dishes are suitable for vegans.

You can either eat a la carte or try the tasting menu which includes 7 tapas style dishes shared between 2 people, dessert and 2 glasses of wine per person. The quality of the food is excellent, in fact my non-vegetarian partner says that Sésamo is the only vegetarian restaurant in Barcelona where the food is so delicious that she forgets that she is in a vegetarian restaurant. Praise indeed!

Favourite dishes include the mushroom croquettes, vegetable tart and the spectacular oven roasted whole cauliflower.

Vegan dishes? Yes
Opening times: Tue-Sun 20:00 – 24:00
Address: C/Sant Antoni Abat 52, Barcelona
Neighbourhood: El Raval (Sant Antoni)
Nearest Metro: Sant Antoni (purple line L2)
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Sopa

A bowl of delicious vegetarian soup served with rice and drinking water at the the Sopa soup restaurant in Barcelona's Eixample district.

Lentil dahl soup – Sopa

Sopa have opened 2 vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona, one in the l’Eixample neighbourhood and the other in Poblenou. Both restaurants serve a selection of soups, salads and hot main dishes as well as juices cakes and deserts. The food is simple and wholesome and the restaurants are modern and airy.

From 12 to 4pm they serve a set menu for €9.90 which consists of a choice of soup followed by either a salad or a hot main course. Filtered drinking water is free and you can add a desert for €2.90 (I recommend the cheesecake).

The menu changes daily and normally includes 4 soups, 2 salads and 3 main courses. Outside the 12 to 4 timeframe they serve drinks and cakes, there is all a small shop with a limited number of health food products available.

Vegan dishes? Yes, also gluten, sugar and nut free (ask the staff).
Opening times: Mon – Fri 08:00 – 19:30 Sat-Sun 10:00 -17:00
Address: Carrer de Roc Boronat 114 and Carrer de Provença 330
Neighbourhood: Poblenou and L’Eixample.
Nearest Metro: Glories and Llacuna (L1 and L4), Diagonal and Verdaguer (L3, L4 and L5).
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Vegetalia

delicious vegetarian paella served at Vegetalia, a vegetarian restaurant in Barcelona's gothic quarter

Vegetarian Paella – Vegetalia

Vegetalia started out supplying organic vegetables to Barcelona’s restaurants and greengrocers. In 2007 they opened their first vegetarian restaurant. This was followed by an organic farm in Castellcir and two more restaurants in Barcelona’s Gothic quarter and El Born. All three restaurants have a relaxed “modern rustic” style and serve international vegetarian food such as woks, salads and lasagna as well as veggie burgers and pizzas. Favourite dishes include the Pica-pica starter selection, vegetarian fajita with frijoles, vegetarian paella and the 3 grain risotto with asparagus.

Like most of the restaurants listed, you can choose between eating a la carte or from a lunchtime set menu. They also offer a vegetarian brunch menu and the restaurants at Plaza Emili Vendrell and Escudellers both have tables outside where you can enjoy eating “al fresco”. The recently opened restaurant in the Born neighbourhood has large windows with views of the Santa Maria del Mar church.

Vegan dishes? Yes
Opening times: Mon-Sun 11:00 – 23:30
Address: Plaça Emili Vendrell 1, Carrer de Escudellers 54 and Pl del Fossar de les Moreres
Neighbourhood: El Raval, Gothic quarter and El Born
Nearest Metro: Plaça de Catalunya, Liceu, Jaume I and Drassnes
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Veg World India

Stainless steel Thali plate in Veg World India vegetarian restaurant in Barcelona

Vegetarian thali – Veg World India

The name of this restaurant pretty much says it all, authentic Indian vegetarian cuisine most of which is suitable for vegans. There also a selection of international dishes on the menu, ideal if like me you love Indian food but your partner doesn’t.

The food is excellent and the staff friendly. As their website states: “Holistically healthy and tasty items made from fresh components make you sync with the entirely Indian ambience.”

Vegan dishes? Yes, 90% of the menu is vegan.
Opening Times: Tue – Sun, 13:00 – 16:00, 20:00 – 23:00
Address: Carrer de Bruniquer 26, Barcelona
Neighbourhood: Gracia
Nearest Metro: Joanic (yellow line L4)
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Za’atar

Close up photo of a delicious plate of Shashuka which is a traditional vegetarian dish from the middle east consisting of poached eggs in a tomatoe sauce similar to ratatouille. Just one of the dishe served daily at the Za'atar vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona.

Shashuka – Za’atar

Za’atar serve a mixture of Middle Eastern and European vegetarian cuisine as well as fresh fruit juices and a selection of teas including delicious home-made chai. A combination of vegetarian restaurant and juice-bar which stays open during the afternoon, Za’atar pride themselves on using mostly locally produced organic vegetables and fair trade products. Vegan dishes are indicated on the menu as are dishes which contain gluten or nuts. They also offer a vegetarian catering service.

Vegan dishes? Yes, vegan and gluten free.
Opening times: Mon-Sat 12:00 – 24:00
Address: Carrer Paris 200
Neighbourhood: Eixample
Nearest Metro: Diagonal (green and blue lines L3 & L5)
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